We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Marano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’m not a fan of rules or structure this is why I gravitated towards photography and the arts. I like to be free of any restriction and create art that I like rather than, please the masses.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I currently work only with the analog photographic process. Nowadays everyone is a photographer but not many can say they work with the Wet plate collodion process. This takes up a lot of time and understanding of some chemistry as well. It took me two years to hunt down all the parts to my camera and studio equipment on eBay. It was incredibly time-consuming but it’s all part of my story now. In the digital age of hurry up and shoot, this gave me the time to slow everything down and think more about my vision. From start to finish, every chemical step is hand-poured and created from the same antique formula that was used in the 1850’s. This gives every photo a unique chemical signature making this process special.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really like the Beltline and the Battery for fun and entertainment. So many great places to eat and some great breweries as well. The tabernacle is one of my favorite venues for live music and it’s a must! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize my parents for supporting me along this crazy ride. Dream Big! but make sure you have some sort of encouragement along the way. Many times I’ve hit bumps in the road and have thought twice about what I was getting myself into and thankfully their words of encouragement got me back on track.
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